Around Town: Aurora Music Festival, Fundraisers, Youth Activity Planning Meeting

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The Aurora Music Festival is an annual event that includes students from 15 different high schools in 14 communities across the state. Cordova High School will host this event with over 300 visitors from April 7-9.

It’s time to start thinking about spring and summer youth activities. Whether it’s basketball, soccer, flag football, or varied club training (kayak, hike, bike, rollerblade), join the discussion at 5:15 p.m. Friday, 8 April at The Powder House. Ideas and volunteers willing to help organize and implement these activities are welcome. Contact Heather Thorne at 907-429-3063 if you would like to join the meeting remotely.

The Cordova Moose Lodge is hosting a fundraiser to help purchase new tables and chairs at the lodge from 6-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. Halibut enchilada plates are $20 each and come with enchiladas, beans and rice. Take-out and bake-in options are also available as well as a dessert auction. Pre-orders encouraged but not required. Call the Moose Lodge at 907-424-3688 after 4:30 p.m. You do not need to be a member to participate.

To celebrate Earth Day, the Copper River Watershed Project is teaming up with the Wild and Scenic Film Festival to host a hybrid event in Cordoba on Friday, April 22. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Cordova Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Cordova High School Student Council, will be hosting Cordova Cleanup Day this year. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 23. TBA details. If your company would like to help sponsor the event, contact the Chamber at

Cordova Gear and The Net Loft are hosting a day of art and adventure filmmaking with artist/filmmaker Max Romey. Two art workshops will be offered during the day and the screening of Romey’s latest film “Trailbound Alaska” beginning at 7:00 pm on Saturday, April 23 at the North Star Theatre. Visit and for more info and to register.

The Cordova Historical Society presents “Avian Art”, a group bird art exhibit featuring works by local Cordoba artists and “Birds by Hand”. Open to all artists over 18, all media, all birds. Submit the art to the Museum of Cordoba before April 30. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Contact the museum at 907-424-6665 for details.

Cordoba’s haute couture gala, Dressed to Kill, is back this year with a James Bond theme, Copper River Royale. Funds raised will go to Alaska Adventure Learning, a Cordova summer camp program. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 30 at The Reluctant Fisherman with ladies only from 7-11 p.m. and gentlemen welcome after 11 p.m. Tickets are now available for purchase at The Reluctant.

This year’s in-person and virtual festival is scheduled for May 5-8. Registration is now open. Visit for details.

Run 9.1 miles or cycle 6.1 then run 3 miles from Hartney Bay to Orca Bay on May 7. Customizable Copper River fleece jackets go for the most average male and female times. All ages are welcome to this free, timed event. Contact Cordova Community Medical Center Primary Care for details at 907-424-8200.


The Hospital Auxiliary Used Book Sale runs until May 9 in the basement of the hospital. There are plenty of books as well as puzzles, videos and music looking for a new home.

The Copper River Gallery at the Cordova Museum presents an exhibit of student art by Mt. Eccles Elementary School through April 30. until Fri. and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sat.

Learn how to hunt safely and responsibly at your own pace online. The certificate meets hunter education requirements in all 50 states, where applicable. The cost is $19.95. In addition to the online course, successful completion of the mandatory field day and shooting is also required. Date of field day to be determined. Call the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at 907-424-3215 if interested and for more information.

Vaccinated and masked singers and musicians are invited to the Cordova Community Center every Monday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to perform live gospel music for residents of the hospital. For more information, contact Reverend Belle Mickelson at 907-388-4447.

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the Saint-Joseph parish hall.

The Cordova School District is hosting a free book giveaway. New books for all ages are available now through March on the ground floor of the Mt. Eccles Elementary School District Office on Second Street, to the left of the bus loading area. Stop by during regular business hours before Spring Break and stock up on great reading material. Donations accepted.

The Cordova Public Library Monthly Poetry Showcase meets the last Friday of each month at 6 p.m. via Zoom. At the beginning of each month, a theme is announced. During the meeting, share a text that plays on the theme. For adults only. For inquiries and login information, contact Jillian Gold at

CCMC is looking to create a support group for people who identify within the LGBTQ community and/or parents of those who identify within the LGBTQ community. If you are interested, please complete the survey at so that group planning can take place to ensure proper identification and confidentiality of the group. Interest will determine dates and times.

Learn Sugt’stun (Alutiiq) with Shyla from 6-7pm every Tuesday via Zoom. Email for more information.

The Cordova Public Library Pajama Reading is at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays on Instagram at cordobapubliclibrarybed.

Cordova Public Library Toddler Story Time is Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. To participate, follow “cordobapubliclibrarybedon Instagram. For more information, contact Anna Hernandez at

Drawing and painting for fun and relaxation is available from 6-9 p.m. every Wednesday in the Cordova Center Education Room. Drop-ins welcome. Mandatory masks. Donation of $5-10 suggested. This course will also include the beginning of oil painting if there is interest. For more information contact Paula at 907-424-6665 or email

Storytime is at 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays via Teams. Pre-register for the Zoom invitation by contacting Jessica at or calling 907-424-2246.

Join local musicians for Morning Music from 8-8:40 a.m. Fridays at Mt. Eccles Elementary School. Download song videos, songbooks and violin tablatures for free at Cordova 4H has ukuleles, tuners, and soft padded ukulele cases available for purchase. Call Karen Swartzbart at 907-253-3421 to borrow an instrument.

After School Art is for children ages 8 and up from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays in the Cordova Center Education Room. Please bring a mask. For more information, call 907-424-6662 or email

Write to residents of Cordova Hospital with their Pen Pal program. Mail Pen Pals for Residents Program, Cordova Community Medical Center, PO Box 160, Cordova, AK 99574.

The Cordova Public Library is open to the public and for curbside delivery from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 907-424-6667 or email your requests to

Go to and click “Connect”. To select Cordoba Public Library from the drop-down list and enter your library card number. The PIN code is 99574. Need help or your card number? Email or call 907-424-6667.

Book, knit and other craft discussions via Zoom at 6 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. Meeting ID and password displayed on the day of the meeting. For more information, email Anna Hernandez at

City Council meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. To visit for more information. Watch Council meetings on YouTube at

To schedule a COVID-19 test, vaccination, or booster, contact Ilanka Community Health Center at 907-424-3622 or Cordova Community Medical Center at 907-424-8200. Home test kits available.


A safe place for family and friends of people struggling with addiction to get support and information from 7-8 p.m. Thursdays at Ilanka Community Health Center (across from the Episcopal Church). Contact Elizabeth King (Sound Alternatives) at 907-424-8300 or John Yakanak (ICHC) at 907-424-3622 for more information.

Appointment from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays at Pastor Steve’s. Call 907-244-9406 or 907-347-2286 for details.

A safe environment where you and your anonymity are honored. Appointment from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Ilanka Wellness Center (former DMV space across from the Episcopal Church). Contact John Yakanak at 907-424-3622 for more information.

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